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Pharaohs of the Sun:
Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamen


from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
What a treasure! Whether you've seen the exhibition or not, this is more than just a detailed catalogue of all the over 250 exhibition pieces. It is a full-colour, well-written wealth of Amarna information, including a wide variety of essays by all the most well-known Amarna scholars (Johnson, Redford, Lacovara, Mallinson, Reeves, Foster, Freed, Markowitz, Manuelian, Silverman, Kendall, D'Auria, Murnane), a glossary, list of excavations, miscellaneous reference information (such as cartouches of the royalty) and extensive bibliography (the bibliography alone is worth the purchase of this book). In the end, the over 400 colour plates (of sumptuous quality) probably show every amarna piece I've ever heard of, and then some.

View the online portion of the exhibition to see some of the wonderful prints included. 320 pages. ISBN 0821226207.

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The Egyptian Philosophers :
Ancient African Voices from Imhotep to Akhenaten

by Dr. Asante Molefi
This book profiles eleven famous African scholars who preceded Greek philosophers, including of course, Akhenaten. "These scholars' ideas on a variety of topics are discussed, including the emergence of science and reason, the moral order, books and education, and the clash of classes." (From book description). 175 pages.

Paperback, $13.45 from Amazon.com.

 

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Akhnaten - A Modern Opera by Philip Glass -- This fanastic modern work was recently staged in Boston. Philip Glass himself says: "We took all our texts from Akhnaten's own time, the Amarna period. Decrees, titles, letters, fragments of poems, etc., were all left to be sung in their original languages, thereby emphasizing the artifactual slant of our approach. The greater part of the Amarna period has come down to us as fragments. Therefore, rather than to 'make up' the missing parts of this ancient story - to fill in the gaps, as it were - we chose to present the historical period as we found it, much as we might learn from Akhnaten and his time from the partially told story revealed in the exhibition cases of modern museums. The original languages, their sounds and cadences as understood by contemporary scholarship, became part of the story to me and my collaborators." (Source: discography at www.philipglass.com - visit for more information)
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Singing Archaeology: Philip Glass' Akhnaten
a related is a book by John Richardson
27.43 Hardcover or 12.16 Softcover at Amazon.co.uk.


The Royal Women of Amarna: Images of Beauty from Ancient Egypt by Dorothea Arnold -- This is a beautifully illustrated, fascinating introduction to the period and its unique and breathtaking art and sculpture. With various essays covering the Amarna period in general and its women in particular, and many large prints, especially of the princess busts found in Thutmose's workshop, it is a wonderful book for browsing. Originally the catalog to an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. One of my all time favourites. 169 pages. ISBN 0810965046.

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Akhenaten, King of Egypt by Cyril Aldred. -- One of the classics and still most quoted accounts of the history of this enigmatic Pharaoh. A must for any enthusiast. 320 pages. ISBN 0500276218.

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Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen by Joyce A. Tyldesley. -- A history of the period with special attention to Nefertiti. This is an easy, fascinating read, and well researched. Many fascinating notes in the back. 232 pages, now in Hardcover and Paperback
Read the BookPage.com Review.
Read the Inquirer Review.
Read the first chapter online.

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Akhenaten and the Religion of Light by Erik Hornung, David Lorton (Translator) -- New on the scene: released November 1999. Hardcover, 160 pages.

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The Complete Tutankhamun : The King, the Tomb, the Royal Treasure by C. N. Reeves, Nicholas Reeves -- Everyone should have a picturebook of Tutankhamun's treasures on their coffee table. 256 pages.

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From the Tomb of Tutankhamun: Scale Architectual Paper Model by Rafael Morales, Jacques Martin -- Precision paper models of Tut's treasures ready for assembly! Paperback, instructions in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.

$49.95 at Amazon.com

 

A Coloring Book of Tutankhamun by Cyril Aldred -- A great (cheap!) gift for the young egyptologist! Check out our other Amarna Children's Books. Paperback, 24 pages.

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